Tottenham ‘will allow Dele Alli to leave next month’ with the outcast not in Antonio Conte’s plans
Tottenham ‘will allow Dele Alli to leave next month’ with the outcast midfielder not in Antonio Conte’s plans – but interested clubs are ‘baulking at his price tag, making a loan move his most likely escape’
- Dele Alli has been restricted to cameo appearances under boss Antonio Conte
- Conte has decided that the outcast is not in his plans, and he is free to leave
- His only start during Conte’s reign came in the embarrassing defeat by Mura
- Reports have said that a loan deal is Alli’s most likely escape route next month
Tottenham will allow Dele Alli to leave the club during the winter transfer window, with a loan deal looking the most likely option, according to reports.
Midfielder Alli, 25, has struggled for game time under Antonio Conte since his arrival, despite enjoying a good start to the season with Nuno Espirito Santo in charge.
And the decision has now been made to let him exit the north London club and bring an end to his frustrating spell next month, according to The Athletic.
Tottenham will allow Dele Alli to leave the club in next month’s window, new reports have said
He has started just five Premier League matches this campaign, with all of them coming under Nuno, and Conte is open to allowing him to move on.
Having now steadied his new side’s form in their bid to qualify for the Champions League, manager Conte will set about shaping his squad over the coming weeks.
Alli is strongly expected to be part of this culling. Chairman Daniel Levy would, of course, prefer to bank a handsome transfer fee but a loan switch is possible.
Alli has fallen out of favour under boss Antonio Conte (right), with a loan switch looking likely
For a temporary move, an obligation or option to buy could be included in the deal.
During Jose Mourinho’s rollercoaster reign, Alli lost his place in the team and was referred to as the ‘f****** lazy guy in training’ during the club’s Amazon documentary.
He was unable, however, to secure a loan move away despite interest from Paris Saint-Germain, who, in an intriguing twist, are now coached by Mauricio Pochettino.
Under Conte, Alli has made one start, which came in the embarrassing Europa Conference League defeat by NK Mura – a loss which raised doubts over his future.
Despite enjoying a good start to the season, Alli has made cameo appearances under Conte
Otherwise, the playmaker’s other sporadic appearances have come from the bench.
In light of this, Levy has now changed his stance on Alli, and his willingness to let the player leave is also shared by managing director of football Fabio Paratici.
The same report adds that there is a ‘recognition’ that increased game time at another club would only aid Alli’s attempts to get his career back on track.
With just weeks left until the window opens, Tottenham have decided that outcast Alli can go
Currently, the only real stumbling block is the fee that Tottenham would want, with Alli tied down until June 2024, making a loan the most ‘realistic’ way out for him.
Alli reached double figures for goals in his first three seasons with Tottenham, having joined from MK Dons in 2015 and gone on to become a regular for club and country.
But his frustrating dips in form have frozen him out for England. His last cap for them came in 2019, during the Nations League third-place play-off clash with Switzerland.
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